The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center is pleased to invite you to join us at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20008) for an intimate conversation with Nandana Dev Sen on the English publication of Acrobat, her translation of her mother’s moving book of Bengali poetry, on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:00pm.

An acclaimed Bengali poet, scholar, and writer, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana’s mother who passed away in 2019, artfully reminds us of the “invisible threads that bind us together” in this powerful collection of poems which transcend both time and borders. As a writer, children’s rights activist, and award-winning actor in her own right, Nandana is the author of six children’s books, translated into more than 15 languages globally. She has starred in 20 feature films on four continents and in multiple languages.

Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council will provide introductory remarks and Former US Ambassador to India, Ambassador Richard Verma, will join Nandana in conversation to explore Nandana’s experience cataloging this moving anthology in tribute to her mother.


Nandana Dev Sen
Writer, child-rights activist, and an award-winning actor

Ambassador Richard Verma
Senior Advisor, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.